Interviewed by: Angela Elam
Catalog Number: 20091113
English writer Sarah Dunant has a certain degree of recognition in her home country, hosting a nightly television talk show on the BBC, and working as a radio reporter for years. Her fame in America, though, rests on her historical fiction, The Birth of Venus, and In the Company of the Courtesan. Her newest novel, the third in this triptych of fiction about Renaissance Italy, called Sacred Hearts, gives a glimpse into life at the convent. Dunant talks about the meticulous research she does for every novel, and also about how her early experience with crime fiction taught her how to write novels.
In part one of this conversation, Arab-American poet Naomi Shihab Nye, whose numerous books of poetry, essays and stories have delighted children and adults alike, reads from her book, ...
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